Travel: Volcanic eruptions shape Cappadocia

The Fairy Chimneys at Goreme's Open Air Museum.
The Fairy Chimneys at Goreme's Open Air Museum.

If you fancy something different for next year’s holiday, then Ramblers Worldwide Holidays is offering a one week holiday to Cappadocia in central Turkey, a land where a spectacular volcanic landscape has been created by multiple eruptions.

Erosion created a mystical land of uniquely formed volcanic rock towers where ancient Christian communities thrived – often crafting beautiful churches. Under threat from the Arabs the communities escaped underground creating a labyrinth of cities which one can visit on this holiday.

Highlights include, the Valley of the Fairy Chimneys; the Goreme Open Air Museum, home to fascinating settlements, churches and monasteries; Ike Ihlara Valley, a retreat of Byzantine Monks; vineyards, poplars and pistachio trees; Urgup, featuring homes hewn out of rock and the base for!

Price from £1,075 per person includes return flights, transfers, half board accommodation at the family run Hotel Akuzun together with all local transport and the services of a dedicated tour leader.

The dedicated walking holiday company, which is based in the pretty village of Lemsford close to Welwyn Garden City, is also offering a 16-day adventure to Korea – a country virtually unknown to even the most ardent traveller.

The journey begins in Seoul – which sprung into prominence for hosting the 1988 Olympics – then deep into the glorious countryside including Seoraksan National Park – one of the most beautiful areas of South Korea.

Other highlights include, craggy peaks with pine and hardwood forests; down the coast to Mokpo; the Yudalsan National Park; a coastal cruise amongst the islands of Dadohaesang National Park; a visit to a tea plantation; the Valley of Gyeongju; the World Heritage Site of the Seokguram Grotto – a temple famed for its white granite Buddah and the golden sands of Haeundae Beach.

Price from £3,150 per person includes return flights, transfers, local transport costs and entrance fees, an English speaking guide and the services of a dedicated tour leader. Departures 20 September and 18 October 2016

The company is also offering a 10 night guided walking adventure on two of the most beautiful Canary Islands. The holiday begins in Tenerife which is very much an island of contrasts with its dramatic, stunning landscapes.

The base is San Cristobal de la Laguna, staying at the Hotel Laguna Nivaria in the north of the island which was the original capital of Tenerife and has a rich and varied history. The ancient city centre is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a great place to explore. Highlights include, hiking between traditional villages on the Anaga Peninsula; spectacular views of Mount Teide and across the ocean to La Palma and Gran Canaria.

The next stop, after a short internal flight, is Lanzarote where the walking opportunities are simply fabulous. The base is the Hotel Lancelot in Arrecife, conveniently situated for both local facilities and walks.

Highlights include Timanfaya National Park, volcanic landscapes and lava fields; sandy beaches and deserted coves; walks in the mountains to the coast and walking on the famous Femes Ridge.

Price from £1,175 per person includes return flights, transfers (plus internal flights between Tenerife. Departures from 14 January 2016 but more details by logging onto www.ramblersholidays.co.uk